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Preservation Award Recognizes Colonial Inn Renovation

Wednesday, June 9, 2021
Colonial Inn
The Colonial Inn is located at 153 W. King St.

The Hillsborough Historic District Commission is presenting its 2021 Preservation Award to Allied DevCorp for its renovation of The Colonial Inn.

A brief award ceremony will be held outdoors at the inn, located at 153 W. King St., at 6:30 p.m. on June 15, and a poster about the project may be displayed at the Orange County Public Library, 137 W. Margaret Lane, once it reopens to the public.

The inn, which dates to 1838 and went by several other names prior to 1924, reopened in 2020 following an extensive two-year restoration effort and after having been closed for 19 years.

Working with Town of Hillsborough staff, Board of Commissioners and Historic District Commission, as well as the N.C. State Historic Preservation Office, Allied DevCorp used historic preservation tax credits to help fund its restoration of the structure. In the process, much of the original construction was uncovered and documented. Whenever possible, renovation and construction sought to preserve original materials and methods. To preserve the original structure’s architecture, additional sleeping rooms were added in a separate but compatible two-story building in the rear.

See the attached award poster for additional information and photos.

2020 award winners

Winners of 2020 Preservation Awards also will be recognized at the ceremony at the Colonial Inn. No ceremony was held in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Winners in 2020 included:

  • Bellevue Mill LLC, Belk Architecture and CT Wilson Construction for renovation of the Bellevue Mill complex at 206 S. Nash St.
  • Artist Max Dowdle, Volume vintage record store owners Tony Lopez and Nathan Andrews, Annie Charton and Volume building owners Mary and David Knox for a mural of jazz composer Billy Strayhorn on the north wall of the business.

For more information on the 2020 winners and photos of the projects, see the attached award posters.

Possible quorum

It is possible there will be a quorum of Historic District Commission members in attendance at the award ceremony. A meeting will not be held, and no business will be conducted.

Related documents


Document Colonial Inn Preservation Award poster  

Document Bellevue Mill Preservation Award poster  

Document Billy Strayhorn mural Preservation Award poster